Song Name Analysis: “Fuck” Sounds Good
Did you know that the word “We” is as common in song titles as “Fuck”? Analyst David Taylor estimated the frequency of using single words in song titles since 1890 and deduced the basic concepts of decades.
David Taylor is a research analyst in Montreal. Age – 44 years. Among other things, in his free time he analyzes how often Eddie Murphy spoke the word “fuck” in his stand-up show “Delirious” (sometimes more than 60 times per minute) and how popular Britney’s name is in the United States in relation to Britney Spears’ career.
Mr. Taylor, you have researched which words are most often found in pop songs. Why?
Listening to music in the car, I noticed that many of the 40s songs playing in my player begin with the word “In”. In its pure form, this is not particularly fascinating. However, it was after this that I wanted to know more. I am by nature a little nerd. I enjoy processing a lot of data. Results sometimes lead to a wow effect.
What sources of information do you rely on?
I haven’t found any information in the Billboard magazine, which is decisive for the US charts. So I used Bullfrogspond.com, an archive that analyzes the Billboard charts, which arose in the 90s on a crowdsourcing basis. There you can find much more information than a single person needs to be interested. This is a sign that she is trustworthy.
What surprised you the most?
I was amazed when I learned that records about popular music have been going on since the 19th century. In those days, of course, there were much fewer iconic names of decades than subsequently, music was listened to with the help of phonograph wax rollers. Few of the artists had the opportunity to record something. At the turn of those centuries, the word “uncle” became frequent, because one of the artists released a cycle of song stories in which he was talking about an uncle named Josh doing various things.
Today, not so many people sing about family members. “Die” and “Hell” are currently some of the most common words. Do we have cause for concern?
Conclusions regarding the situation in society need to be careful; I have not actually studied causal relationships in this area. I would rather say that the words reflect a certain mood. For example, I have already wondered if September 11 has anything to do with the fact that the word “love” is not currently spoken. Or why the word “woman” suddenly appears in the 70s. Is this a sign that women, after the emancipation movement in the 60s, have become more recognized by society? Or is this chanting proof that they are only perceived as objects?
In your results, the word “disco” is often used in the 70s – disco beat rock!
But not a substitute. It also did not stop: in the 80s, “rock” became one of the most used words, and “disco” disappeared. With the help of this observation, another trend can be traced: the musicians stopped giving designations to the genres in which they play. Previously, the title of the song clearly stated: “This, by the way, is a disco, if you haven’t cast a spell yet.” The same is true for blues in the 20s, boogie in the 40s and mambo in the 50s.
Most common words in pop music
In the 50s, the names had a Christmas color. “Red-nosed” and “Christmas” were used quite often.
There is a theory that for people who belong to the baby boom generation of the 50s, it is Christmas music that dominates, because It plays an important role for broadcast television and radio companies. However, there is still no explanation why, in the 50s, Christmas was so popular as a mention in songs.
Maybe after the horrors of World War II, the need for harmony prevailing during the holidays has especially increased. In an attempt to cover up the wounds of his country, a boom in films about the homeland reigned in Germany at that time.
Sounds convincing. Or maybe just the Christmas songs in the 50s were very cool.
What did you learn from modern songs?
It seems interesting to me that along with “hell” and “fuck”, “we” is also the most frequently mentioned. In the nineties and zero years, they were more fond of the personal pronoun “you” and the abbreviation “U”. Perhaps the frequency of “we” means that today we are more drawn to each other. Maybe we grumble more, but we do not do it alone